Boomkat Product Review:
Gerald Donald and To-Nhan touch down on Leisure System with another wormhole-piercing set of burnished sci-fi electro, continuing the sprawling chronicle inked by Kraftwerk, Drexciya, UR, Aux88 and Model 500. Nobody else does it quite like this.
Shapeshifting production genius Gerald Donald - aka Heinrich Mueller, Japanese Telekom, Rudolf Klorzeiger, and XOR Gate - is responsible for far too many cyber electro tomes, yet is still able to churn out weapons-grade material at an alarmingly regular pace. 'Neurotelepathy' is the latest offering from the long-running Dopplereffekt project - a collaboration between Herr Klorzeiger and his partner Michaela "To-Nhan" Bertel - following 2018's excellent "Athanatos" EP and a handful of self-released singles. Thematically, the album picks up where its predecessors left off, reclining robotically into an ordered web of analog circuits and gliding square waves - a place where Jean-Michel Jarre's weightless harmonies and Juan Atkins' machine-powered funk exist together in holographic harmony.
The bizarre 'Epigenetic Modulation' cracks the album open with unexpected angularity, augmenting Christina Vantzou's treatments and techniques with Dopplereffekt's glazed electronic precision. It's an abstraction of the usual processes, and removes the anticipated rhythmic snap, drenching choral wails in an acid bath of squelching synths and bleeping machinery. 'Transgenerational epigenetic inheritance' offers a disembodied cybernetic voice announcing coolly, as swirling gusts coax malfunctioning technology. Within moments, we're shuttled into a more familiar Doppler location, shoring up in a landscape of twitchy electroid rhythms, titanium arpeggios and vocal echoes on 'Neural Impulse Actuator - Mirror Neuron'. Like the best of Herr Klorzeiger and To-Nhan's catalog, it seethes with a neon dancefloor energy - hip-jerking body music that's constructed with future vision.
'Neurotelepathy' finds stability between narrative storytelling and foot-shuffling technoid thrust. Nothing new to regular listeners, but there's a luster to the album that gives it an air of freshness, rendered with colors that prevent it from being locked into a specific spectrum. Like all the best Dopplereffekt records, it balances its futuristic world-building with an unhinged machine funque and no small amount of humor. By the time you reach the hypnotic closer 'EEG', you'll be willingly lost in a cyberpunk dystopia.